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the fiscal cliff. with one week to go president obama and congress are on christmas vacation. it will be thursday before talks resume to prevent automatic tax hikes and spending cuts taking effect january 1st. on friday, speaker boehner and the president left town with no deal each making a parting pitch. >> we have asked leaders of congress to work towards a package preventing a tax hike on middle class americans protects unemployment insurance for two million americans, and lace the ground work for further work on both growth and deficit reduction. >> the president's solution of raising tax rates would be red ink as far as the eye can see. and it would hurt jobs. >> if congress fails to reach any agreement in con-- income tax rates will go up on about everybody on january 1st. unemployment benefits will expire for many as well. >>> the u.s. senator arrested for driving under the influence says he is "deeply sorry" for what happened. police say that michael crapo was pulled over early sunday in dc for running a red light. he he was arrested after failing a sobriety test. he
. president obama and congress got back to work yesterday trying to find a deal to avid the cliff. there were signs of hope and signs of discouragement as both sides agreed to talk but again, both sides blaming each other for the stalemate. the president will host a summit at the white house today. tara mergener is on capitol hill with more. >> reporter: the fiscal cliff is still a few days away. but business owner don says he's already feeling the impact. >> a lot of our customers are holding back. they're apprehensive. they are not committing to projects. they're not -- you know they're waiting to see that's going to happen with the fiscal cliff. >> reporter: and hope is fading that congress can get a deal done before tax hikes and spending cuts kick in january 1st. >> i am not optimistic. >> reporter: even congressional leaders are skeptical. >> the american people have a right to be very upset with this congress. >> reporter: president obama has invited nancy pelosi, john boehner, mitch mcconnell and harry reid to the white house this afternoon for a fiscal cliff summit. >> here we are.
. roping off the fiscal cliff. president obama and congress return, but they will need support from house republicans to pass the deal. is congress any closer to a compromise? >> a small village in the dominican republic has a new school thanks in part to local administrator. i have details, next. >> of baltimore school administrator is making a difference around the globe. >> this is great. she volunteered for a week in dominican republic and helped build a new school their. >> claire donehower is the assistant principal at the kennedy krieger school in baltimore. she took on another role as a volunteer in a mission to the dominican republic. >> i think it was a unique chance to take my love of working with kids and bring it into a completely different area. >> she was one of 40 volunteers chosen to complete the elementary school in a small village. they did everything from building walls with cinderblocks to painting to stuccoing. but her favorite part was interacting with the community. >> it was such a powerful experience and different than i expected. i wanted to save everyone from t
. breaking news, president obama urges congress to make a deal to overt the fiscal cliff. he announces no deal, but progress may be in sight. >> and that would be the wrong thing to do for our e con mu. it would be bad for middle class families and bad for businesses that depend on family spending. fortunately, congress can prevent it from happening if they act right now. i just had a good and constructive discussion here at the white house about how to prevent this tax hike on the middle class. and i'm optimistic we may still be able to reach an agreement that can pass both houses in time. senators reid and mcconnell are working on such an agreement as we speak. >> it comes after speaker boehner left the white house. he didn't say anything to reporters and neither did anyone else who was seen leaving the meeting. here's what we do know. in just four days, taxes will go up on millions. and millions more will have their vital unemployment benefits run out. that's why president obama organized the meeting with vice president biden, speaker boehner, nancy pelosi and senators reid and mcco
. president obama and congress are are home -- are home now for christmas. automatic tax hikes and spending cuts will kick in january 1st. democrats and republicans insist they are still committed to reaching a deal with the house speaker vowing to return to washington the day after christmas. >>> more than 1,000 people attend the memorial service for the late hawaii senator daniel enoway. he was the first japanese american elected to congress. he spent 50 years in washington serving the people of hawaii. he died last week. he was 8 8. >>> this morning an investigation is underway after a baltimore county police officer opens fire, killing a man who they say was pointing a knife at him. mike schuh is live with more on what happened. good morning, mike. >> reporter: good morning. county police say that their officer stopped a man behind this gas station and what happened next is up for investigation. >> the officer on routine patrol passes this shell station around 3:45 in the morning. behind the building a suspicious man. police say when the officer asked the man to come out he pulled a kni
americans. democrats and republicans insist they are committed to reaching a deal. congress returning to washington the day after christmas. senator from hawaii, laid to rest. president obama and the first lady attended the memorial service. he was the first japanese american elected to both houses of congress and the second largest serving u.s. senator. he was 88 years old. >> back here in maryland a police shooting in baltimore county, a police officer opened fire, killing a man who had a knife. that's where derrick is tonight with the details. >> reporter: police say the officer was acting in self- defense when he confronted and shot a suspicious man he found back here behind this gas station. it all started with an officer on routine patrol as he passed the shell gas station at ed monton around 3:45 in the morning. he noticed a suspicious man behind the building. police say when the officer asked the man to come out from behind the building, the man pulled out a knife. >> the officer attempted to use a taser to stop the situation, but i
like that, obama, the deal maker, obama the praying mattist, to use democrats in the congress in that way, or not? >> i don't see their incentives as being that much different. i do think that president obama, the leader of the democratic party, really has the leverage. i don't -- i expect that if there is a deal, that democrats don't like, you'll hear grumbling from the democrats, but i would be very surprised if you hear outright revolt. what democrats in congress want is more money. that's what president obama is facing. a full second term of under very constrained circumstances. he wants more rev new. i think he also wants, as much as he feels like he has that sword over republicans, the fact is if the economy goes into recession, that is going to affect the prospects for a successful second term for him and n a profound way. >> congressman cummings, if i still have you, i'm interested in your take on this. i think some friction between even a democratic controlled white house and a democratic controlled house or a democratic controlled congress, there is some friction bui
be a huge blow to the economy. lawmakers are getting more skeptical that congress and president obama can reach a deal. a big drop for stocks on friday. it is costing you last to get to grandma's house. gasoline prices have dropped to the lowest level in years. prices could rise as much as 10% a gallon over the next few days. engineers said motorola working on a top-secret device. featured is a bendable screen. google is looking to release this some time next year. i am ellen braitman with the bloomberg business report. >> 5:23. a teenager riding the holidays for her community. >> don't forget to e-mail us your response to our water cooler question of the day. how will you be spending christmas? you can share your response at wbaltv.com and on our facebook page, or send us an e-mail to watercooler@wbaltv.com. >> the girl is spreading some holiday cheer to some families in carroll county. >> this 16-year-old is busy wrapping christmas presents for low-income families in carroll county that have children with chronic illnesses. >> i like working with kids and i want to be a nurse. it is nic
, kron 4. >> president obama is urging congress to reach a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff. in today's radio and internet address, mr. obama says he believes leaders in congress may be able to reach an agreement that can pass both houses before taxes rise and spending cuts take effect at the end of the year. he urges "washington politics" to not get in the way of "america's progress." meanwhile, in the republican address, missouri senator roy blunt says the nation can avoid going over the fiscalbama and the democratic- controlled senate work with republicans to solve the problem. >> the senate has approved a 60-point-4 billion dollar emergency spending package for hurricane sandy recovery. the measure, which was backed by democrats, now heads to the house. meanwhile, republican leaders favor a smaller aid package to pay for immediate sandy recovery needs, saying they need more time to consider any additional aid. >> sandy battered the east coast in late october. it was the most costly natural disaster since hurricane katrina in 2005. >> a connecticut attorney is asking permission to
recession if president obama and congress fail to find a way to avoid the fiscal cliff of tax increases and spending cuts that will take effect january 1. the president is returning to washington this morning, cutting short his holiday vacation. however, with only five days before the fiscal cliff deadline, no new negotiations have been scheduled. and adding to the pressure, treasury secretary tim geithner says the country is on track to hit its borrowing limit on monday. >>> and former president george h.w. bush has been moved to the intensive care unit at a hospital in houston. he's in guarded condition because of a stubborn fever. former president bush has been in the hospital for more than a month trying to recover from bronchitis. >>> you think you pay a lot to park. not compared to folks in chicago. it's going to soon cost $6.50 per hour. that's like 10 cents a minute at a meter downtown. >> in quarters. >> you can also use a credit card. >> who carries $6.50 in quarters? >> you can use a credit card, you guys. >> makes perfect sense. >> but they have the dubious distinction of ha
for the tax code in a continuing series on what president obama and congress should tackle in the next four years today. the "new york times" lead editorial is why the economy needs tax reform. that editorial today in the "new york times" if you want to check it out. we'll go now to linda from indiana this morning on the independent line. caller: good morning. afe couple points to make. i can't understand why a handful of bureaucrats are able to control all the american citizens. i think there ought to be term limits. and if they don't do their job, instead of electing people why don't we throw them all out and appoint somebody and when they don't do their job they're the ones who get the pink slip. i just don't understand the way this economy is going. the e.p.a. is regulating and pushing through cutting down on energy, the poor coal miners, because they want that clean energy. we've got a plant right here not just a few miles from me. they burn clean coal. if i was in there, they would probably have me assassinated in a week because i would have a line item veto every bit of pork barrel s
. >> republicans saying they are will be to work with congress and the president to come to an agreement. yesterday, president obama said job leaders have rejected his proposal to make a comprehensive deal. >> we don't yet see an agreement and now, the pressure is on congress to produce. >> we're willing to work with whoever can help. there is no single issue that remains an impossible sticking point. >> today, senate majority leader harry reid could push for a fallback bill which would only raise taxes on families making $2 other 50á,000 a year or more. that plan would extend unemployment benefits for two million americans. icans. -- on families making $250,000 a year or more. >>> police continue to look for evidence in the murder of a college student. a vigil was held last night at battlefield high school for xavier stringfellow. he was a graduate of the school. he was found stabbed to death friday evening in industry anti. his body was found inside a crashed minivan on a service road off of chain bridge road. police said he had been involved in an altercation. there has been an arrest in the ca
.s. back into recession. president obama and lawmakers are on vacation. congress is not expected to meet again until after christmas. >> i guess we can call in another sign of the times. newsweek will become a digital- only publication in the new year. >> a sad moment. this is its last ever print issue. its features a photograph of the old newsweek offices in new york. the headline reads "last british." the-- "last print edissue." >> a few sloppy snowflakes today, mixed with rain, no accumulation expected. >> will that hold you over? >> no. i am still wishing for snowfall. teachers do as well. a light wintry mix today, not a big deal. nothing to get excited about. why snow excitement factor, 1 out of 10. next weekend we have the potential for little snowfall. let's talk about what's happening right now. areas of rain tracking into southwestern virginia, western north carolina tennessee valley. that will slowly push our way. by lunchtime is when we will see the first areas of a light wintry mix across the washington area. late morning is when it starts southwest of town, parts of central
. she is expected to recover. >> president obama is cutting his vacation short. hallie jackson is live with the latest. it is not just the president returning tomorrow. >> congress is heading backed to washington tomorrow. any plan may come down to the wire. president obama spent part of his christmas greeting troops in hawaii. tonight he leaves for washington and a state of gridlock as lawmakers struggle to come to a compromise. members of the house and senate are heading back to capitol hill tomorrow. >> everybody can pull off and drink some eggnog and have some christmas cookies. >> and return to washington after john boehner failed to get enough support for a plan b that would raise taxes on those making more than a million dollars a year. >> it begin to address our nation's crippling debt. >> with the january 1 deadline quickly approaching, some are worried we could fall off. >> it would be the most colossal act of congressional irresponsibility in a long time if that happens. >> some strong words from senator lieberman. the president is expected to arrive tomorrow morning. >> how
a week ago until the fiscal cliff's daunting deadline, president obama is cutting his vacation short to return to the capital. hallie jackson has latest. >> congress will also return to town tomorrow, but with new year's just a few days away a plan to avoid the fiscal cliff may come down to the wire. president obama spent part of this christmas greeting troops and how why he. >> not only do we have the finest military in the world -- >> but tonight he will leave the state for washington, and a state of gridlock, calls it -- as they struggle to come to a compromise to avoid tax hikes and spending cuts. members of both the house and senate are also heading back to capitol hill tomorrow. after the holiday break the president hopes will provide perspective. >> everybody can cool off, everybody can drink some eggnog and have some christmas cookies. >> and return to washington after speaker john boehner failed to get enough support for muslim party for a plan b that the bill that would raise taxes for those making more than a million dollars a year. >> what the president has offered so far
. >> at blue canyon, john alston, abc7 news. >> new this morning president obama is making alternative plans in case congress does not vote on a compromise to avoid the physical cliff. nearly every american's paycheck is about to shrink until they prevent the tax hikes from kicking in january 1st. president obama said he will propose another vote in case they don't vote on it. >> i will urge the senate to hold an up-or-down vote that protects the middle class from an income tax hikes and extends unemployment americans look for a job and lays progress for more economic growth and deficit reduction. i believe such a proposal could pass both houses with bipartisan majorities as long as these leaders allow it to come to a vote. >> republican house speaker john boehner said he's willing to bend on raising tax force the wealthiest americans to avoid the physical cliff. >>> don't be surprised if you come across a dui checkpoint in your neighborhood over the next few days. the highway patrol and other law enforcement agencies have their checkpoints in place. >>> a bay area law maker is proposing a n
essentially rewrite legislation. changing the tax congress passed to declare obama care constitutional which is a littleec scary that the highest justice is -- justices in the land would take the activist roll. that's what is scary. the backdrop of the presidential year was europe. we know where this path leads. all this turmoil, the huge welfare and the low productivity and high unemployment that comes along with them, that was the backdrop of the presidential campaign. voters voted, and they said, yes, we are going to keep moving in that direction, kim. where do you think the electorat is here? is it be ibd hue the choices that -- is it behind the choices that jason suggested they might be? >> barack obamaus won this election by very effectively making this a referendum about his opponent, mitt romney. if you went out and asked most americans, do you think barack obama did a great job in his first term? do you want significantly higher taxes? do you want the government to do nothing about spending? are you happy with obama care? most would say no. but in the end the choice was between a pr
we are. i feel confident we have an obligation. >> reporter: president obama said that it's important for congress to vote on some type of package before it expires. >> if the agreement is not reached in time between senator reid and senator mcconnell, i will urge senator reid to bring to the floor a basic package for an up-or-down vote, one that protects the middle class from an income tax hike, extends the vital lifeline of unemployment insurance to two million americans looking for a job and lace the ground work for future cooperation on more economic growth and deficit reduction. >> reporter: the current congress will be in session until january 3rd. after that, 13 new senators and 82 new house members will take over and unher it the huge problem out of the congressional gates. audrey barns, fox 5 news. >>> love that song. redskins fans coming down to tomorrow night's kickoffs against the rival, the cowboys. a lot is on the line and lindsay murphy joins us now. feels like christmas eve all over again. >> and i am going to -- some football. >> reporter: redskins have had nailbiters
, president obama return to washington to work on a deal. >> the american people have a right to be upset with this congress. >> the finger pointing continues with democratic leaders accusing house speaker john boehner of putting his political ambitions ahead of the country's fiscal help. >> it is obvious what he is doing. he is waiting until january 3 to get reelected as speaker before entering serious negotiations. >> boehner says that senator reid should "talk less and legislate more." >> republicans have spent over backwards. we have stepped way, way out of our comfort zone. >> the standoff continues. >> right now, the house and senate are in the blame game. each says the onus is on each other to cover the fiscal cliff. >> both sides hope for a deal, but hopes are fading. and some observers say the deal is more likely after the new year after the tax cuts expire. >> then they will be cutting taxes instead of voting to raise taxes. it is a small distinction, but an important one for some republicans. >> president obama spoke to congressional leaders before he left hawaii by phone yeste
. >>> five days and the clock is ticking. that's how long the president and congress have to come up with an agreement to avoid going over the fiscal cliff. president barack obama is on his way back to washington from his vacation -- he's expected to arrive in d.c. later this morning. congress is back in the nation's capitol trying to hammer out a deal. congressional officials say they don't know if any significant strides toward a compromise will take place. or going to happen before new year's and without an agreement automatic tax increases for everyone and deep spending cuts especially to defense. they go intoe penalty in 2013. the main dispute remains over taxes. who should be taxed? and when. >>> well, people may be mixed on the feelings for president obama. his wifes seems to have no problem charming the public. according to a new poll released yesterday the first lady has a 73% approval rating. secretary of state hillary clinton also pretty popular with 66% approving of her job performance. a little more than half of the people asked feel that both president obama and vice pr
working on a fall back plan that can pass both chambers of congress. >> some people will not like it, but that's where we are. >> reporter: president obama is pushing for a stop gap measure that would at least avoid tax increases on people earning less than $250,000. frustration is growing. a simple stop gap percent is not what men -- measure is not what many in washington hoped for. many blame president obama for the collapse of a bigger deal that would reduce spending and cut the country's debt. >> it is the president's responsibility to lay out a plan and to bring people together. >> house members don't get back here tonight sunday night. >>> president david wilson may be getting a remove of sorts after a lengthy public meeting months announced it is negotiating to keep him on until june 2014. his current contract expires in june of 2013. it was a rough year with two shootings on campus. >>> the russian president signed a law banning americans from adopting russian children. a law that people say is heartbreaking and punishes no one but the children. one family says he just signed
over the last minute legislation to avert the cliff and president barack obama called for immediate action that there was no vote in the senate. majority leader, harry reid says lawmakers negotiated through the night and expected to come together around 11:00. if congress doesn't agree, spending cuts will go in to effect and we will pay more taxes. the impact is more than $3400 in a year. >>> she was supposed to return to work this week, instead, secretary of state, hilary clinton is in the hospital. treated for a blood clot that resulted after a fall earlier this month. >> reporter: hilary clinton was admitted to new york presbyterian hospital with a blood clot from a concussion she suffered several weeks ago. he doctors discovered the clot earlier in the day during a follow up exam. no details of where the clot is or other concerns have been releasede first time clinton has been diagnosed with a blood clot. in 98 she was admitted for a clot behind her right knee. the 65-year-old had a stomach virus this month and became dehydrated, fainted and struck her head. she canceled the tri
. >> president obama says that he will cut his holiday vacation short and try to hammer out the deal with congress. law makers are expected to return to washington later on this week to continue the negotiations. >>> well it's christmas eve and guess what, not everybody has done their christmas shopping. as i am suspecting you are the ones guilty of this. our floor director here a woman, she says she has not finished either. so if you are one of those procrastinators, you are not alone. millions of people are expected to hit the stores. abc2 news linda so is live this morning at the mall in columbia with those last-minute shoppers. i can't believe so many people wait so long linda. >> reporter: i know. i guess it's exciting for them. i don't get it i was done on black friday and i am not bragging but again some people like to shop under pressure. you know macy's and the mall in columbia here they are helping people out. those who have waited this long. the major anchor stores here at the mall will be opening at 7 this morning and macy's j.c. penney's and nordstrom's opening at 8 and
spending cuts were still happen. president obama blamed republicans. >> we don't see an agreement and now the pressure is on congress to produce. >> the president talked about making social security cuts. and they now appear to be off the table. which means that just about any deal congress and the president come up with now will drive deficits even higher. >> and the other thing the markets. for instance, on friday, the dow was up 160 points. and when you look at the last five days of trading, the markets were closed on christmas but down every single one of those days. in washington, doug luzader, fox news. >> sit down with law makers for an inside look at the last minute fiscal cliff negotiations. >> plus, counting down the hours until maryland makes history. how the free state is getting ready for tomorrow's first same sex marriage. >> we're going to show you the dramatic video of a russian plane crashing alongside a crowded highway. >> a live look outside. the latest weather and traffic coming up next. we'll be right back.  >>> checking world news this morn
up with president obama calls the bare minimum addressing tax cuts without doing anything to curb spending. >> we will get at best a patch and be here again in two months. congress cannot get out of its own way. >> average family would pay an extra $3,400 next year. >> the law says that every american's tax rates are going up. every american's paycheck will its mother. if that the impasse has shaken wall street, -- the impasse has shaken wall street. >> i think the likelihood is we go over the fiscal cliff. >> jim moran is wondering if partisan politics has destroyed the chance for any agreement. >> i don't think we will be up to reach a deal, no matter how small it might be. >> the american people are watching what we do. obviously, their patience is already thin. >> if senate leaders reached a deal, rank-and-file senators could vote by sunday, house member sunday night. right now there is not enough time left, they really need a deal tomorrow to beat the monday midnight deadline. richard reeve, abc 7 news. >> in addition to working on a deal on the fiscal cliff president obama h
. >>> this is a crucial day in the effort to keep the country from going off the fiscal cliff. president obama meets with congressional leaders this afternoon. white house is denying reports to send a scaled back plan to congress. a deal at this point would probably extend bush era tax cuts for most americans and raise taxes on the country's top earners. it could also include an extension of long-term unemployment benefits, spending cuts would also be postponed. house speaker john boehner will be at the meeting today. the house will convene for a rare sunday evening session. house majority leader eric cantor says the house could be in session until january 2nd, the day before the new congress is sworn in. boehner, meanwhile, maintains that it's up to the senate to act first. >>> millions of americans may watch the ball drop new year's eve in times square, but a group of democrats is organizing its own ball drop on capitol hill. they'll launch their countdown today. their ball represents republicans dropping the ball on middle class families should lawmakers fail to reach a deal to avoid the fiscal c
, president obama sign the executive order that gives executive worker as a pay raise. won wonders whether congress has earned their raise. grover and i have never agreed on anything rat all except the fact that congressmen shouldn't have had a raise on thursday. good morning, goo to see again. >> good morning. >> you continue to engage in the conversation which i always appreciate. let me ask you this, you don't want taxes going up on anyone. but when things looked like they were aat an impasse and house speaker john boehner, the highest elected in the country. put forward his plan b about a week ago, you read it through, and you said you would be okay with people who had signed this anti tax pledge of yours voting for that bill. voting for an increase of taxes. and you will phrase it differently. voting for something that will allow taxes to go up for those that make more than $1 million a year. that seems like a sea change. why did you agree to that? >> it wasn't a sea change. this is a written commitment by many congressmen and senators, governors, state legislators, that they'll oppos
obama said he would have preferred a grand bargain that solved all of washington's revenue and spending problems. >> with this congress that was obviously a little too much to hope for at this time. it may be -- and maybe we can do it in stages. >> negotiations have been going on all day. lawmakers and aides moving back and forth between meeting rooms here on capitol hill on what is normally a quiet new year's eve. the major sticking point now is spending. the president suggested lawmakers take action on deficit reduction in the next few months and that more tax revenue could be involved in those discussions, but republicans are furious at that possibility. >> i'm willing to support revenues to deal with this problem. the overall problem. but what i will not agree to is using revenues to replace spending reductions. >> reporter: even if the senate approves the deal by midnight, the house still has to pass the measure before the president can sign it into law. randall pinkston, cbs news, washington. >> that process could take a couple of days but lawmakers say it could be made retroacti
. >> lawmakers have just been a more days to figure out how to avoid the fiscal cliff. present obama just spoke about this. rebecca cooper is in our newsroom with what we are hearing about the meeting. >> the president quoted yogi bear saying it is deja vu all over again with congress' continuing its bickering. now he is saying they should at least a vote on extending tax cuts for middle-class americans and extending unemployment benefits before january 1, because. >> the hour for immediate action is here. it is now. we are now at the point where in just four days, every american's tax rates are scheduled to go up by law. every american paycheck will considerably smaller. that would be the wrong thing to do. >> after meeting with the president and treasury secretary, congressional leaders headed back to the capital without a deal. nancy pelosi insists some progress was made. disgorge by reports the would not be a deal todaythe dow closed down. the president did not make any new offers. congress should least extend tax cuts for everyone making $250,000 or less, and extend long-term unemployment
congress impressional leaders left the white house after a last-ditch fiscal k cliff meeting with president obama. the closed door meeting was an attempt to avoid the automatic tax headaches and spending cuts set to king at the start of the new year. with just three days to go republicans and democrats are still blaming each other. >> i want to thank all of you for being here to call upon the republicans not to drop the ball on the middle class. >> reporter: there was a new year's eve style rally saying the fiscal cliff ball is in the republicans court. >> it's republicans who are holding hostage the middle class in america so that the wealthy don't have to pay their fair share. >> we need two words. presidential leadership, while not just taxing rich people. >> reporter: tennessee republicans lamar alexander and bob corker said the president has to take the lead. corker was not optimistic about the white house meeting. >> we're going end one a small kick the can down the road bill that creates another fiscal cliff to deal with this fiscal cliff. >> reporter: today's meeting at the white ho
nature of the problem. host: mavericks'writes -- guest: actually not. mr. obama had a democratic congress when he came in, 60 votes in the senate, which , amount-- senator brown had won in massachusetts. but he started out with 60 and then it went down to 59 when senator kennedy and sadly died. i really admired senator kennedy as much as any man who ever served in the senate, even though we did not agree. mr. reagan had to deal with tip o'neill. that was one of the great events in washington politics because you had two extraordinarily capable politician opposing points of view. mr. reagan was poorly matched. mr. obama had nancy pelosi as speaker of the house. but hardly the same thing. host: from massachusetts on the line, democrat. caller: good morning. i have a comment and question. i am trying to find out, the situation you're in right now, why is everybody fighting about what we should do? i am gmt and i am broke every day. i'm down here with people that paid taxes and work hard every day. -- i am an emt. people don't understand that would ever happens with the fiscal cliff, people d
's police. mr. chairman, we know the impact of president obama's sequestration policy that congress unfortunately approved in august of 2011 and with the adverse affect on our uniformed personnel being numbers of less than or equal to that of immediately before world war ii. the number of naval vessels being reduced or cut to naval operational size of world war i era. the air force having the smallest number of operational aircraft in the history of united states of airforce. that is what the are looking at, because of president obama sequestration policy. everyone here in washington is involved in this attack on our national defense capabilities from a financial perspective. the united states of america has limited funding. i would strongly urge us to use the $480 million being spent on the congo, instead being used to help to people in united states of america who are in need of help, or help reduce the deficit that was testified to be the greatest national security threat to the united states of america. it is a matter of priorities. i appreciate the very noble -- i emphasize the
are trying to get a deal done before the end of the year to avoid a fiscal cliff. congress is not expected to return to work until thursday. the same goes for president obama who will spend christmas in hawaii. that leaves them just five days to get a deal done to avoid steep tax hikes and spending cuts. senators on both sides of the aisle say both parties need to compromise to avoid a potential econom disaster. >> my one bit of advice to speaker boehner is this. you can't pass a bill with just republicans. on a broad thing like this, you need both. >> ronald reagan model is if you get 80% of what you want, that's a good day. we have the same objective of lower taxes. i like simpson-bowles. put money on the debt. tax rate hikes are partisan solution driven by the president but he'll get tax rate hikes. >> some lawmakers say that no deal will get done by the end of the year. >>> the second victim of a shooting in northeast washington has died. beasley was found shot in the early hours of saturday morning. harris was found lying in the road nearby and pronounced dead at the scene. police are
's "meet the press." mr. obama is expected to call for an immediate vote by congress on a scaled-back plan that would only extend middle class tax breaks and unemployment benefits if the congressional negotiations fail. >>> fears over the fiscal cliff are weighing heavily on u.s. stocks, which posted five straight days of losses. the dow had a triple-digit loss on friday. the nasdaq and s&p 500 entered the day and week in the red. i spoke with one wall street trader about mow a deal could help the markets get back in the green. >> listen, if we get a deal and we get a deal that's substantive and realistic and that the market believes, i think the market will rally back and certainly rally back to the 1425, 1440 level. they won't go back it to 1475 unless they pull the complete rabbit out of the hat. i don't think that will happen. the market will certainly rally. you can feel it. every time one comes out and is optimistic, you see the market try to take back some of the losses because it wants a settlement and a resolution. the fact is it's not getting it. the market will vote with its fee
,ght's other big within the last nine minutes or so, congress has confirmed that it will not meet the midnight deadline to avoid the fiscal cliff. president barack obama and senate republican leader mitch mcconnell said on monday that they are near a deal to avoid it wide-ranging tax increases and spending cuts set to take effect in the new year. house republicans notified lawmakers that the chamber will vote tonight, but they will be voting on other bills and they will be the only votes of the day. they say it is still not clear if the senate will be able to vote on any kind of deal. >> still ahead, new details emerging about former state delegate tiffany alston. the telestrating head. >> deal or no deal. the clock ticks down to the fiscal cliff deadline. a look at where things stand, coming up. [ female announcer ] the one for all. mcdonald's dollar menu. home of the mouthwatering grilled onion cheddar burger, topped with melty white cheddar and caramelized onions. plus all your tasty favorites for just a dollar each. ♪ every day, as always, there's a lot to love for a little on mcdonald's
the government spending cuts would still happen. president obama blamed republicans. >> we don't see an agreement and now the pressure is on congress to produce. >> the president talked about making social security cuts a nonstarter for many of his fellow democrats. and they now appear to be off the table. just about any deal congress and the president come up with now will drive deficits even higher. >> reporter: and the other thing we'll be watching closely, the markets. on friday the dow was down 160 points. if you look at the last five days of trading excluding christmas, five down days in a row. skidish investors are keeping close eye on congress to see if they can come up with anything. back to you guys. >> all right. thank you very much. checking some of our other top stories secretary of state hillary clinton remains in a new york city hospital after doctors discovered a blood clot stemming from a concussion she had. she is being treated with medication and will most likely stay in the hospital for the next 48 hours. the clot was discovered yesterday during a follow up appointment. >>> fo
. for the majority of the country, that means we are essentially going over the cliff. president obama is in hawaii for christmas with his family b. before he left, he urged congress to adopt a stopgap measure to prevent taxes from rising on people who make less than $250,000 a year. he also asked for a plan to keep providing benefits to unemployed workers. house speaker john boehner is home in cincinnati. he failed to get members of his own party to support his plan b proposal to end the crisis. he said the stalemate and failure of plan b rests with the democrats. >> what the president has offered so far simply won't do anything to solve our spending problems and begin to address our nation's crippling debt. instead he wants more spending and more tax hikes that will hurt our economy. and he refuses to challenge the members of his matter to deal honestly with the entitlement reform and the big issues that are facing our nation. that's why we find ourselves here today. >> president obama is scheduled to return to washington on wednesday. there's no word if any new talks are planned. >>> 9news is tr
for it. welcome to "the willis report." hello, everybody. i am gerri willis. tonight congress is pushing america up a fiscal cliff of its own making. president obama and the senate back in washington today trying to get some kind of a deal done, that is what they say, but nothing will likely come in time. harry reid spent the day moaning about how bad of a speaker john boehner is good the house is set to return sunday afternoon just one day before the end of the year. nearly 90% of americans will be hit with $500 billion in tax hikes and spending cuts. as we head off a cliff, what can you and your family expect come january 2? president of the american action reform joins me now. so, windows narrowing, what can we expect from here? >> if we literally go on autopilot and they fail to change course, i am worried about the economy. some sharp equity market attractions, consumer confidence has already begun, lots and lots of notices sent out, layoffs scaring people to death. this is not a good news story for anybody looking for a job. gerri: the clock keeps on taking. the cover of "the new y
. >> reporter: president obama is in hawaii for christmas and says he will cut vacation short to try to hammer out a deal with congress. the deadline is now a week away. andrew spencer reporting. >>> as we gather with our loved ones on christmas eve we are reminded the holidays for familiesin newtown connecticut will be somber. people came together to make snowflake decorations for the survivors of the sandy hook shooting. they say they wanted to do something to help make the town beautiful again and turn it into a winter wonderland instead of a place filled with so much pain. we heard from the nra and now we are hearing from local politician who is are pushing for tighter gun control. the nra broke their silence on friday a week after 26 people died at sandy hook elementary school by a man with 3 high powered guns. senator lisa gladden who represents baltimore city is making it her mission to outlaw extended mag zoos allowing a gunman to kill more ammunition and says her colleague says there's no use for high powered weapons. >> it's stupid. i -- stupid. it doesn't make sense to add more guns
to avoid the distinction, congress needs to submit about 100 bills to president obama in the next few days. >>> that lack of productivity isn't hurting paychecks on capitol hill. even as tax hikes and an end to unemployment benefits for two million people could be on the way because of the fiscal cliff, congress, though, hey, about to get a raise. part of an executive order that president obama issued which ends a pay freeze for federal workers. their salaries, yeah, they'll if up by half a percent after march 27. that's an extra $900 before taxes. currently members of congress make $174,000 a year except for leaders who make a little more. the last time there was a pay raise was 2009. >>> there is one thing the senate has agreed on, getting aid to victims of superstorm sandy. by a 61-33 vote the chamber passed a measure offering $60 billion in help. it heads to the house which must approve the bill by thursday or else the process to consider the money has to start all over again. at least 113 people were killed when superstorm sandy hit in late october. the governors of new york and new j
they feel for the first time a deal may not get done by the end of the year. congress is not expected to return to work until thursday. the same goes for president obama who will spend christmas in hawaii. that leaves them five days to get a deal done to avoid steep tax hikes and big-time spending cuts. senators on both sides of the aisle say both parties need to compromise to avoid a potential economic disaster. >> my one bit of advice to speaker boehner is this. you cannot pass a bill with just republicans on a broad thing like this, you need both. >> ronald reagan model is if you get 80% of what you want that's a good day. we have the same objective of lower taxes. i like simpson-bowles. put money on the debt. tax rate hikes are partisan solution driven by the president but he's going to get tax rate hikes. >> lawmakers say they are preparing to spend new year's eve on capitol hill. >> one of the survivors in the oregon mall shooting is speaking out for the first time. the 15 year old was shot december 11th. she was walking through the mall and says the gunman walked right past her
as they try to get a deal done by the end of the year to avoid the fiscal cliff. congress is not expected to return to work until thursday. that's the same day president obama will return. he's spending christmas in hawaii with his family. that leaves them just five days to get a deal done to avoid steep tax hikes and big-time spending cuts. senators on both sides of the aisle say both parties need to compromise to avoid a potential economic disaster. >>> last-minute shoppers may not have been as merry this year as retailers had hoped. good morning. >> good morning to you. shoppers filled the malls and stores on the final weekend before christmas but many people may have not been filled with holiday spirit this year. research group npd says customer traffic was in line with last year but consumers are spending less. a combination of factors may be weighing on their minds including the tax impact of the fiscal cliff, aftereffects of sandy and shootings in connecticut. 'tis the season for giving but many charities aren't on the receiving end. the single biggest source of revenue for most ch
she responds to the medication. clinton had been scheduled to testify before congress about the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. but had to cancel. president obama has nominated senator john kerry to be her replacement. >> hillary clinton has traveled more than any u.s. secretary of state in history. 112 countries and has been on the road more than 400 days since she has been in office. >>> this morning redskins fans are celebrating their first trip to the playoff in five years. >> tied at seven, heading into the second half, robert griffin ii put the redskins out in front. then the man of the night in the fourth quarter, alfred morris took this one 32 in other words up the gut. that puts the skins up 21-10. he also got the single season rushing record. clinton portis was at the game to watch his record fall. the cowboys did close it to 21-18. they are now nfc champions. delia gonzalez has been talking to the rare group of people who stayed up late last night for the game and happened to be up to chat with us. >> reporter: we talked to jordan in the last half hour and h
breaking news. the house will not vote today on the deal to avoid the fits cal cliff. president obama and top senate republicans say a deal is very close, but it's not done yesterday. it remained unclear whether the senate will vote today. congress could pass it red rho actively. >>> breaking news in prince william county. we have just learned a county police officer died following in fiery crash at the intersays of nobodiesville road and piper lane. officer chris young was riding on a motorcycle at the time. you can see the van was the other vehicle. we're still gathering information about this accident. we'll bring you more throughout the evening. >>> it's been a cold new year's eve so far today. doug kammerer has the forecast for us. >> things looking okay out there. look for a sprinkle, maybe a flurry, but don't expect it to impact your plans. take a look, and the cloud cover continues to make a way in. you can see a lot of what looks like rain and snow back toward the west, but most of this not reaching the ground. the atmosphere just a little too dry. as i mentioned, maybe a spr
cliff. now, the deadline is now less than 24 hours away but the white house and congress still remain at odds over key issues such as creating an income threshold for raising taxes. president obama says gop leaders have rejected his proposals to make a comprehensive deal. republicans say they are willing to work together. so what does this mean for you? coming up in the next hour, we'll talk live with congressman jerry connelly and congressman phil roe for a closer look at the looming deadline. >>> still ahead this hour, secretary of state hillary clinton hospitalized. we'll have an update on her condition. we'll be right back. (vo) sometimes the big plan doesn't work. and the perfect life turns out to be not so perfect. you start fresh. new city. new job. new everything. it's exciting, and scary, at the same time. and some days you think, "i can't do this on my own." but then...i went to suntrust. they helped me figure things out. and before you know it, i am doing it... (anncr) at suntrust, helping people shine is what we do. join the thousands who are switching to suntrust's award-
and his son were killed in the crash. president obama attended a service for the late senator daniel inouye. a salute was fired as his coffin arrived. he was the first japanese american elected to both houses of congress. he died of respiratory complications last sunday. george h.w. bush is still in stable condition in a houston hospital. he has been hospitalized since november while undergoing treatment for bronchitis. he still needs to build up some strained before he can be released. the discharge date has been said -- no discharge date has been set. >> more americans are parting with their money. consumer spending rose .6% in november. the boost shows growing consumer confidence in their personal finances and the country's overall economy. if a tablet device is on your list this year, you are in the company. the number of adults that owns a tablet has more than doubled. we can expect the number of americans with a tablet to skyrocket in the next few years. last year for 34 million americans owned a tablet and that number is expected to jump in the next four years. disney will unv
earlier this month. just released gallup poll, most admired woman. president obama is the most admired man. >>> congress will spend part of the new year in session, trying to come up with a deal that will prevent the nation from going over the fiscal cliff. >>> the american academy of pediatrics has released a new statement encouraging elementary schools to let kids have their play time. recess gives children the opportunity to develop skills that can't be taught in the classroom, that it should not serve as a substitute for phys. ed. class. fond farewell 75 watt incandescent light bulb. under law, they can no longer be produced or imported as of january 1st though retailers can clear their remaining stocks. government will turn out the lights on traditional 60 and 40-watt bulbs in 2014. >>> it's what everyone is talking about, i think. reality tv star kim kardashian and rapper kanye west are expecting their first child. west made the announcement last night at a concert in atlantic city. west is 35. kardashian is 32, she is in the process of divorcing kris humphries, whom she married in 2
to expire, the u.s. is emerging from the worst e recession from the great depression. so president obama agreed to extend the tax cuts for two more years in exchange for congress extending federal emergency unemployment benefits. those cuts are expensive. if they are extending by 2020, the bush era tax cuts will be responsible for more than half the total national debt. democrats insist that taxes go up for the wealthy but stay in place permanently for those earning less than $250,000 a year. >> we need to stop the job-killing tax hikes and we need to start it cutting spending now. >> republicans refuse to play ball. they say no higher rates on the rich, no tax hikes on anyone. based on an ideology that calls on government to be as small as possible. its roots are as old as american, but the main spokesman is this man, grover norquist, president of americans for tax reform. norquist's pledge signed by almost all republicans in congress forbids them from raising taxes ever under any circumstances. things come to a head in the summer of 2011. republicans demand the government reduce its de
the holidays. kristen, good morning. >> reporter: natalie, good morning to you. president obama begins day three of his hawaiian holiday. white house officials say this is a working vacation, but talks on the fiscal cliff remain largely deadlocked. meanwhile, members of congress came to honolulu on sunday to along with the president say good-bye to one of their own. with the fiscal cliff deadline looming, lawmakers and president obama attended a memorial service in honolulu on sunday for the late senator daniel inoyue. >> he was really a legislative hero who would never hesitated to collaborate with a republican colleague for the good of the country. >> reporter: there was little sign of collaboration on the morning talk shows. >> my one bit of advice to speaker boehner is this. you cannot pass a bill with just republicans. >> the president has been a pathetic fiscal leader. >> both sides blaming each other for the impact. >> i think the president is eager to go over the cliff for political purposes. i think he sees a political victory the on the bottom of the cliff. >> on taxes it's hard
. thank you very much, everybody. >> president obama talking about a possible up or down vote if congress cannot come to an agreement that both houses can agree on. after his meeting earlier today we heard from senate majority leader harry reid and mitch mcconnell and let's hear what they had to say from the floor of the senate. >> what plans we were talking about is that everyone knows we've been to the white house, we had a constructive meeting. we hope that something will -- positive will come out of that. we're working to see what we can come up with. we shouldn't take a long time to do that. i think it would be to everyone's interest that we're not in session tomorrow. my plan to come in at 1:00, we have an hour in our previous agreement that we have. there's an hour of debate, we will have a vote, we have another vote that has been set up. >> you're talking about sunday, right? >> sunday, right. the vote will start a little after 2:00 and for us we're going to have another caucus following that. hopefully by that time we will make that determination senator mcconnell and i will do s
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